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Silly Season: 2015 F1 Driver Market

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  • #248158
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    I really cant see Alonso back at McLaren with Ron back in charge!! Too much water under the bridge!

    #248159
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    Iestyn Davies
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    True, but Dennis will be pragmatic, and if Honda want a lead driver (read: WDC driver), then his choices are limited to: Raikkonen, Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Vettel. I think the first three are more likely than the last two as well.. But for all three of them retirement is not too far away. If McLaren won’t sign Hulkenberg still then the way is clear for them to run two junior drivers.

    PS. I like some of the GPM2 inspired options!

    #248160
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    Theo Parkinson
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    Mercedes AMG Petronas
    1. Hamilton
    6. Rosberg

    Infiniti Red Bull Racing – Renault
    5. Vettel
    3. Ricciardo

    Scuderia Ferrari
    14. Alonso
    7. Raikkonen

    McLaren Honda
    20. Magnussen
    22. Button

    Sahara Force India – Mercedes
    27. Hulkenberg
    11. Perez

    PDVSA Lotus – Renault
    8. Grosjean
    13. Maldonado

    Williams – Mercedes
    19. Massa
    77. Bottas

    Sauber – Ferrari
    99. Sutil
    17. Bianchi

    Scuderia Toro Rosso – Renault
    26. Kvyat
    ??. Da Costa

    A load of money.

    #249703
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    Spencer White
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    Mercedes
    Hamilton: Sees Merc as his best bet for a title challenge and stays on at the team.
    Rosberg: After a strong 2014 he stays on at Mercedes in the hope of another strong season.

    Ferrari
    Raikkonen: Likely to be his last season.
    Hulkenberg: Promoted to a full-blown top seat after a very strong 2014.

    Red Bull Racing Infiniti – Renault
    Vettel: However badly 2014 goes, I don’t see him going anywhere else.
    Ricciardo: Hoping to do better after a year of “settling in”.

    Mclaren – Honda
    Alonso: Ron succedeeds in tempting a front-running driver to the team, hoping for a title success.
    Magnussen: A decent first year sees him stay for another season.

    Telmex Sahara Force India – Mercedes
    Perez: On a multi-year contract. Has improved his form to seal the deal
    Gutierrez: Bringing in the Mexican sponsorship.

    PDVSA Lotus-Enstone – Renault
    Grosjean: Has a few podiums since 2013 as well as two wins.Stays on in hope. He is starting to get a little restless though.
    Maldonado: ££££££££££££££££££££££££ from PDVSA. Then more ££££££££

    Williams – Mercedes
    Massa: Stays at the team for his last years in F1.
    Bottas: A great 2014 keeps him at Williams.

    Sauber – Ferrari
    Bianchi: Moved up by Ferrari
    Sutil: A surprisingly good 2014 as well as sponsorship from Medion keeps him for his last season.-

    Marussia – Ferrari
    Vandoorne: Mclaren support.
    Nasr: A huge chunk of cash had Chilton gone.

    Toro Rosso – Renault
    Kvyat: A second chance to shine
    Da Costa: His long-awaited F1 debut has finally come to pass.

    Caterham – Renault
    Kabayashi: Kept for financial reasons.
    Frijns: He finally gets a chance.

    Haas GP – Ferrari
    Rossi: Makes sense in an American team.
    ???

    #249823
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    Iestyn Davies
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    Well, we now have the chance of Simona de Silvestro becoming the first female F1 racing driver for a good twenty years. She’ll find it tough to beat Sutil, Gutierrez and Van der Garde to a Sauber F1 seat, but there is also a possible new team in Haas. But, if you could find sponsorship anywhere, you’d have to think Switzerland could be a good starting place..

    #249831
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    Deej92
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    Mercedes AMG Petronas
    1. Hamilton
    6. Rosberg

    Scuderia Ferrari
    14. Alonso
    7. Raikkonen

    PlayStation McLaren Honda
    20. Magnussen
    27. Hulkenberg

    Infiniti Red Bull Racing – Renault
    5. Vettel
    3. Ricciardo

    Sahara Force India – Mercedes
    11. Perez
    77. Bottas

    Lotus – Renault
    8. Grosjean
    13. Maldonado

    Williams Martini Racing – Mercedes
    19. Massa
    40. Nasr

    Sauber – Ferrari
    21. Gutierrez
    17. Bianchi

    Scuderia Cepsa Toro Rosso – Renault
    26. Kvyat
    Sainz

    Caterham – Renault
    9. Ericsson
    Frijns

    Super Aguri – Honda
    Vandoorne
    de Vries

    Notes:
    - Button retires. McLaren fail to lure Alonso back partly due to Dennis’ increased involvement, so they instead opt for Hulkenberg as Button’s replacement.
    - Bottas moves to Force India to replace Hulkenberg.
    - Williams promote reserve driver Nasr after an impressive GP2 campaign to make it an all Brazilian, all Felipe line-up.
    - Bianchi moves up to Sauber who brings a Ferrari engine subsidy. Sutil is given the boot as, although he beat Gutierrez, he doesn’t bring the same level of sponsorship.
    - Vergne is dumped after being beaten by Kvyat and his form continued to stagnate. Sainz is given the drive partly due to Cepsa’s money.
    - Caterham promote reserve driver Frijns after the experienced Kobayashi fails to beat Ericsson convincingly.
    - Marussia fold after another poor season, but Honda take over to run their ‘B’ team. The Super Aguri name returns to F1 after their recent involvement in Formula E, and McLaren protégés Vandoorne and de Vries are placed in the cars.

    #249854
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    OmarR-Pepper
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    I imagine 2 possible “universes”
    1. Button gets the championship with McLaren this year. Magnussen ends up as “another big promise” (another Diresta?) so Kevin is fired by Ron. Jenson decides to retire with his second belt. Alonso goes to McLaren in 2015 after he is beaten by Kimi (just a couple of points, but that’s so much to take for Fer) and seeing the champion’s car is available in McLaren, he grabs it, with Dennis or not. Hulkenberg takes the mighty number 27 where it belongs, to Ferrari, where he gets the championship in 2015. The Red Bulls are nowhere near the podium this year, in a McLaren2013-like campaign. Mercedes gets more victories but it’s Rosberg who gets the most of them, and so Nico gets the “first driver” treatment. Hamilton can’t stand it and returns to McLaren, where (oh surprise) it’s Fernando again.

    2. Kimi gets the championship, Alonso can’t stand it and leaves to McLaren. Button goes to Williams. Massa fails again and retires. Valteri’s seat goes to Susie Wolff, who has a Chilton-esque campaign. Valteri takes Gutierrez’s seat. Gutierrez dissapears from F1. Hulkenberg takes Fernando’s seat and gets the championship in 2015.

    #249856
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    Theo Parkinson
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    Vandoorne to Force India, Perez to Sauber, Bianchi to Sauber, Sutil to Caterham, Frijns to Caterham.

    #249924
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    WarfieldF1
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    Grosjean to follow Bouiller to McLaren, Buttons seat.

    #250056
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    Spencer White
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    @warfieldf1
    Grosjean to Mclaren? It’s a possibility but I doubt that it would actually happen…

    #249848
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    OmarR-Pepper
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    I just don’t want to write a list of 20 names… I just imagine 2 possible “universes”
    1. Button gets the championship with McLaren this year. Magnussen ends up as “another big promise” (another Diresta?) so Kevin is fired by Ron. Jenson decides to retire with his second belt. Alonso goes to McLaren in 2015 after he is beaten by Kimi (just a couple of points, but that’s so much to take for Fer) and seeing the champion’s car is available in McLaren, he grabs it, with Dennis or not. Hulkenberg takes the mighty number 27 where it belongs, to Ferrari, where he gets the championship in 2015. The Red Bulls are nowhere near the podium this year, in a McLaren2013-like campaign. Mercedes gets more victories but it’s Rosberg who gets the most of them, and so Nico gets the “first driver” treatment. Hamilton can’t stand it and returns to McLaren, where (oh surprise) it’s Fernando again.

    2. Kimi gets the championship, Alonso can’t stand it and leaves to McLaren. Button goes to Williams. Massa sucks again and retires. Valteri’s seat goes to Susie Wolff, who has a Chilton-esque campaign. Valteri takes Gutierrez’s seat. Gutierrez dissapears from F1. Hulkenberg takes Fernando’s seat and gets the championship in 2015.

    #255893
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    Spencer White
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    Mercedes – Neither Rosberg or Hamilon see the point in leaving the 2014 champions, so they stay on in the hope that their team are quick again.

    Force India – They keep their 2014 line-up, though Hulk was offered a seat ferrari, Force India were quick in 2014 and got 4th in the championship.

    Mclaren – Keep their 2014 line-up.

    Ferrari – Kimi leaves (again) and Ferrari have no idea who to sign, so they take a leap of faith and sign Bianchi. Fernando threatenes to leave but never does.

    Red Bull – Ricciardo stays alongside Vettel for aother year, hopefully better than 2014.

    Williams – Massa and Bottas stay put

    Lotus – Keep their 2014 line-up, despite Maldonado getting a race ban in 2014 and Grosjean complaining about the lack of pace.

    Sauber – £££££ from Medion keeps Sutil where he is. Van der Garde gets the other seat with £££££ from McGregor.

    Marussia – Chilton stays on (£££££ from his daddy) alongside Razia, who just beat the unimpressive Rodolfo Gonzalez to the seat.

    Caterham – Kobayshi (yet another mater of £££££) and Gutierrez takes Ericsson’s seat. Ericsson stays as a test driver alongside Frijns.

    #256750
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    Bradley Downton
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    Mercedes
    Lewis Hamilton – has Contract
    Nico Rosberg – Has no reason to leave, team have no reason to let him go. Yet. Something may kick off that creates a rift between the two drivers and causes Nico to leave, but I highly doubt it.

    Red Bull-Renault
    Sebastian Vettel – has Contract
    Daniel Ricciardo – has Contract

    McLaren-Honda
    Jenson Button – sticks around for a final season to help with the transition back to Honda power.
    Kevin Magnussen – kept on after a solid rookie season.

    Force India-Mercedes
    Nico Hulkenberg – has Contract
    Sergio Perez – Impresses against Hulkenberg when many expected him to crumble, kept for a second season.

    Ferrari
    Fernando Alonso – A dismal year leaves him wanting to move, but with no seats available at better teams Fernando sticks around for what many believe will be his final season.
    Kimi Raikkonen – Also kept on for a second season, despite not performing fantastically.

    Williams-Mercedes
    Valtteri Bottas – has Contract
    Felipe Massa – has Contract

    Toro Rosso-Renault
    Daniil Kvyat – Kept on for a second crack after a strong first season.
    Carlos Sainz Jr. – Despite Vergne performing solidly again, he’s let go after a third full season with the team because that appears to be their policy. Sainz Jr replaces him after winning the FR3.5 title.

    Lotus-Renault
    Romain Grosjean – Sticks around after finding no better offers, despite a disappointing 2014 for the team.
    Jean-Eric Vergne – Lotus realise Maldonado isn’t worth it and instead take Vergne, with increased backing from Total.

    Sauber-Ferrari
    Giedo van der Garde – A miserable 2014 leads the team to fire both Sutil and Gutierrez, who have also got less money than their replacements. van der Garde takes one seat after spending 2014 gathering more sponsors.
    Sergey Sirotkin – Sirotkin takes the second seat with Russian money.

    Marussia-Honda
    Max Chilton – Marussia ditch Ferrari to follow McLaren to Honda power as a result of their technical tie-up getting stronger. Chilton is kept on board as a safe pair of hands.
    Stoffel Vandoorne – Meanwhile Vandoorne replaces the out-going Bianchi as another result of the Marussia-McLaren link.

    Caterham-Renault
    Marcus Ericsson – His money buys him a second season, just.
    Robin Frijns – Finally gets his chance after finding some sponsorship.

    Haas-Mercedes
    Alexander Rossi – Haas snap up the Mercedes deal vacated by McLaren and sign Rossi as expected with the American link.
    Danica Patrick – Despite claims she wouldn’t move, Patrick is tempted over to F1 by her Nascar team as they believe running the first female driver for years will pull them more sponsorship, and it does.

    Forza Rossa-Ferrari
    Jules Bianchi – Forza Rossa enter as Ferrari B-Team and take the Ferrari engine vacated by Marussia. They also take Bianchi on board as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program.
    Raffaele Maricello – In-keeping with the Ferrari B-Team theme, they sign Marciello.

    #256757
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    Nick
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    Boring, realistic prediction:

    Mercedes
    Lewis Hamilton
    Nico Rosberg

    Red Bull Renault
    Sebastian Vettel
    Daniel Ricciardo

    McLaren Honda
    Jenson Button
    Kevin Magnussen

    Ferrari
    Fernando Alonso
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Force India Mercedes
    Nico Hulkenberg
    Sergio Perez

    Williams Mercedes
    Valtteri Bottas
    Felipe Nasr

    Toro Rosso Renault
    Daniil Kvyatt
    Carlos Sainz Jr.

    Lotus Renault
    Romain Grosjean
    Pastor Maldonado

    Sauber Ferrari
    Esteban Gutierrez
    Jules Bianchi

    Haas Ferrari
    Adrian Sutil
    Jean-Eric Vergne

    Forza Rossa ends up being a pipe dream, Marussia enter negotiations with potential buyers far too late to make the 2015 season, as does Caterham. Haas hires experienced F1 guys ala Lotus in 2010.

    #256759
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    Lucas Wilson
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    @bradley13

    Most of that is pretty believeable and I can see all that happening. I just hope Haas don’t go all ‘Team USA’ and pick American drivers (1 US driver, Rossi, fine, but not two) and actually consider all the options.

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